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Radiation in US rainwater likely from Japan

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Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged earlier this month by an earthquake and tsunami.

John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, said that the radioactive isotope iodine-131 found in the sample – one of more than 100 that have been taken around the country – has a short life of only eight days. He said the drinking water supply in the state was unaffected and officials do not expect any health concerns.

Nevada, California, Hawaii, Colorado and Washington state have also reported tiny amounts of radiation from the Japan Read more…

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China’s Drinking Water Crisis

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epochtimes.com

The quality of China’s tap water was raised on World Water Day. Reports and statements by professionals all point to a drinking water crisis.

Despite a five-year period given water companies to comply with higher governmental sanitary standards for drinking water running out on July 1, 2012, pollution of drinking water and drinking water sources remain a serious issue in China.

Li Wei, secretary of China’s Environmental Protection Foundation (EPF), said that in 2007, 27.6 percent of China’s surface water quality fell into class 5, the lowest according to the Water Quality Index, making it basically unusable.

Li said the overall pollution level of China’s seven natural hydraulic systems was “medium,” based on the EPF’s River Pollution Index’s four categories–none, slight, medium, and serious.

According to China’s 2nd National Water Assessment report, 35.6 percent of drinking water in China is not drinkable. Read more…

India Seeks Longer-Range Ballistic Missile

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globalsecuritynewswire

India is working on a new ballistic missile that could travel more than 3,000 miles, the Press Trust of India reported on Friday (see GSN, Jan. 5).

“India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of” 2,175 miles, Defense Minister A.K. Antony said during a gathering of Defense Research and Development Organization laboratory chiefs. The organization is now pursuing a version of the nuclear-capable Agni missile that could fly roughly 3,100 miles, he added. Informed insiders said the Agni 5 would be test-launched sometime in 2011.

India continues to work on other versions of its Agni series. An Agni 3 missile with a flight range of about 2,175 miles was successfully test-fired not long ago from a launch site. Other Agni missile variants have traveling distances between 435 and 1,553 miles.

The Defense Research and Development Organization also prepared the Prithvi missile series, whose missiles can travel as far as 217 miles.

Antony called on DRDO scientists to increase the pace of trials for ballistic missile defense interceptors (Press Trust of India/The Hindu, March 25).

Seven Reasons We’re Buying a Home and Four Reasons We’re Not

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Although the housing bubble and bust may have shattered notions that home prices have nowhere to go but up, Americans haven’t lost their love for owning a home.  In the latest Allstate/National JournalHeartland Monitor poll, homeownership ranked second, just behind raising a family, in people’s definition of the American Dream. Despite new home sales’ drop to a record low, about four-fifths of respondents said that owning a home is still a better financial decision than renting, and nearly nine in 10 homeowners say would buy their home again.

Those results also underscore the extent to which Americans see buying a home as a deeply personal decision. It seems the decision to buy a home is made from the heart, while the decision to rent comes from the wallet.

That is a great way to look at the situation. Most people want to buy and own. Those who look rationally at the costs often chose to rent, not because it’s the most emotionally pleasing choice, but because it’s the most financially sound decision. Those who chose to rent recognize that being house poor is its own form of Read more…

Everett, Washington Fissure

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Wind and waves growing across globe: study

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physorg.com

Wind and waves growing across globe

Photo by Todd Binger

(PhysOrg.com) — Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young.

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Girl Scout Cookies On Their Own Front Lawn

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theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Once upon a time in America, if you were a couple of little girls and you wanted to sell lemonade or girl scout cookies at a little stand in front of your home nobody would give you any problems.  In fact, most of the people passing by would have smiled and would have seen it as a sign of hope that the next generation was being so industrious.  Well, that is not the way that it works anymore.  Today, all across America nightmarish control freaks are seeking to micromanage every single aspect of our lives.  That includes banning young girls from selling girl scout cookies on their own front lawns.  Yes, you read that correctly.  In Missouri of all places, two young girls named Abigail and Caitlin Mills were recently taught a lesson on how to be good citizens in the emerging totalitarian control grid going up all over the United States.  After a complaint from a neighbor, the city of Hazelwood cracked down on the two girls and told them that they must shut down the girl scout cookie stand that they had been operating in their front yard.

So were the girls doing anything wrong?  No.  There are very few things that are more Read more…